Fast track to a strong future for renewables
CHANGES to planning laws will help the Humber region deal
with the growing number of developments related to renewable
energy. New planning rules mean the area is better prepared for the
often hi-tech and sensitive building projects connected with green
energy. But developers must ensure they invest properly in detailed
consultation and survey work to help the chances of a new building
proposal being successful.
It comes as a new order is rolled out this week relaxing
planning requirements in a key development area of Hull. The move
will allow outline planning permission to be granted in the city`s
new Enterprise Zone covering the eastern docks, which is earmarked
for renewables-related business, without developers having to apply
for formal council approval.
Mark Dixon, Head of Planning & Development at Rollits
said "This, together with other changes to England`s planning laws,
such as the National Planning Policy Framework - brought in last
week by the Government - will help the Humber`s emerging renewable
"The Humber region is far better-geared now, compared to as
recently as just two years ago, to handle these new developments.
Some of the changes in policy means there is now a presumption in
favour of sustainable development.
"This is extremely significant if the region is to become a
true centre of renewables and see growth in this
Mark is one of the speakers at the "Renewing The Humber"
green energy business conference on May 1, at Hull`s KC Stadium. At
the event, companies working in the renewables industry are to
receive advice on topics related to the sector`s growth, including
innovation, cost-reduction and planning - an issue some businesses
say can slow down potential expansion.
Rollits has extensive renewables knowledge, including
working with many Yorkshire landowners on wind farms, helping
agricultural clients to maximise the returns offered by wind
energy. We also have significant experience in biomass,
photovoltaic (PV) technology, combined heat and power plants,
hydroelectricity and developments throughout the associated supply
Mark comments "Planning applications relating to renewable
energy projects typically need a lot of preparation. The success of
a development relates to how much preparatory work has been done
before an application is presented to a planning
"Developers have to be very proactive and engage with the
public and the most sensitive receptors through consultative
processes. The application needs to be `front-loaded` with detailed
environmental assessments and surveys, from reports on transport
and noise to wildlife and the impact on the landscape.
"This can be expensive and time consuming, but it`s an
investment that can really help the chances of planning
Posted on: 05/04/2012
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